Amboyna Burl Jr. Gent II

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Project by Keith Fenton posted 07-08-2011 03:03 AM 1338 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first Jr. Gent rollerball. The Baron I posted yesterday was actually made almost 2 weeks ago. After that pen, over the last 2 weeks, I have been exhausting every possible way to fail at making a pen. My reject pile got bigger, I did turn out a nice 2-tone chrome Sierra (I don’t have a pic of it) but other than that, I was unsuccessful. I really needed this success as I was getting quite discouraged. I got some advice and a pep talk from for fellow pen turners, I took my time, took no step for granted and turned this beauty. The hardware is black titanium.

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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#1 posted 07-08-2011 05:10 AM

Very nice.
I’m glad to hear about your troubles. Now don’t take that the wrong way, let me explain.
I know you only recently took up wood turning. I read on one of your posts that you’d had a few glitches, but I though you were turning them out easily with no problem. This made me feel like something was wrong with me. I don’t claim to be no expert wood turner by no stretch of the imagination. It tried turning pens though and just couldn’t get the hang of it.
All that being said, the work you have shown so far is amazing.
It is still hard to beleive you just recently got into it. You see, you tell us you made mistakes, but you haven’t shown us any of those mistakes. So as far as we know you could be just telling us that so we feel better.


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#2 posted 07-08-2011 05:20 AM

Is that your script in the background?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#3 posted 07-08-2011 05:21 AM

I have been turning pens for a couple of years. I too have a drawer of rejects and blow ups. The best advice I have received is SHARP tools. I sometimes stop 2 or 3 times and hone my chisel on my jet slow sharpener. When I first started turning I joined the International Association of Pen Turners. The guys and girls on there are great with advice and knowledge. Your pen and finish look great. Keep up the good work and enjoy.

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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#4 posted 07-08-2011 05:26 AM

your pile of trouble keith is your right of passage, its what builds your experience level..once in a while the graces of god smile on us all and we do something right…and as time goes by the pile of rubbish gets smaller and your sales get bigger…its always been that way ans always will…keep at it, you will be master turner before ya know it…just in the mean time…use cheaper wood to make the scrap pile…im surprised your mate there with you has not given you some along the way advice…crickey sheila…help your man out here…lol…......maybe she has tried…..maybe she will have a small pile here and there also…probably not though…shes good…but she started out where you are today…keep your chin up mate…your flying high…...grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Keith Fenton

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#5 posted 07-08-2011 05:45 AM

William – My mistakes were all over the board… It was always something different. I just got my last parts that I needed to turn without a mandrel. This should help me with my CA glue woes.

1- I tried to glue an acrylic blank while the tube and hole that I had just painted hadn’t dried enough so the glue let go too late in the process for me to fix I’m afraid.

2- I tried to turn my first lucite blank and quickly learned that my sharpening skills are not up to the task.

3- I went through when turning a burl blank because apparently i had gotten tearout on the inside when drilling the blank.

4-I found out why an acrylic blank was given to me as a freebie when I blew it up!(it was ugly anyway).

5- I put together an (expensive) kit wrong TWICE, and couldn’t get it apart the second time. (cracked the finish trying (now it’s my personal pen since it still looks nice… and I may still be able to fix it)

6- I had CA glue problems along the end of a blank once.

Spunwood- The script is just a printed prop for photos. The weathered paper is Photoshopped goodness and the text is “Lorem Ipsum” Latin paragraphs in a really nice font. I couldn’t write like that to save my life :)

Gbrown4 – I am on IAP and they are the ones that helped me when I was frustrated. I do need to improve my sharpening skills. As it stands, I should at least stop to touch up more often like you say. It’s amazing how much everybody’s opinions differ when it comes to sharpening. I have a very comprehensive book on sharpening which I am in the process of reading. In the turning chapter the author says how he feels that turners have a tendency of dealing with mediocre sharpening skills by overwhelming them with masterful turning ability :)

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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Keith Fenton

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#6 posted 07-08-2011 05:53 AM

Grizzman – I did do some plain wood pens but it’s hard for me to motivate myself when I don’t like the look of the material or pen kit that I am working on. It’s only a few $ per fail so far, except the baron kit that I messed up. Usually it’s just the blank that gets ruined. Sheila tries to offer advice but I sometimes don’t receive it very well. It’s something she and I have in common LOL. (Don’t tell her I said that!)

My biggest problem is just that I have to step back and take my time… take no steps for granted… and think twice, especially when there are distractions around.

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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